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Is your disability insurance specific enough?

To protect their income in the event of an injury or illness, it isn't enough for physicians to simply carry disability insurance. Before purchasing a policy, doctors must read the fine print to ensure the insurance will truly fill its purpose, according to an article from  Physicians News Digest.

Physician wins $5.7M judgment against hospital chain

A Southern California physician has prevailed in a lawsuit against a hospital chain he said retaliated against him for objecting to its acquisition of an Orange County hospital.

Medical marijuana: Hospitals often caught in debate between state, federal laws

The case of a hospital patient in Maine who was denied medical marijuana highlights how hospitals and some patients are entangled in the debate between state and federal medical marijuana laws, according to an article in the  Portland Press Herald.

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania faces lawsuit for charitable donation

A class-action lawsuit accuses the insurer formerly known as Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania of "blatantly unlawful conduct" by donating $90 million to charity rather than distributing that surplus to its members.

New Mexico becomes latest state to launch all-payer claims database

New Mexico will become the latest state to institute an all-payer claims database, a move intended to increase healthcare price transparency for consumers.

Filing reveals how the Centene-Health Net merger deal transpired

Centene Corp's proposed acquisition of Health Net came after the latter health insurer's board had discussed the possibility of a merger as far back as 2013, a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing reveals.

Treasury regulations on patient financial assistance may be tough to enforce

The new rules issued by the U.S. Treasury Department intended to curb excessive debt collection practices by hospitals are not likely to be enforced in a consistent and effective manner, Erin C. Fuse Brown, a law professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, writes in the AMA Journal of Ethics.

California hospital investigates suspected superbug outbreak linked to scopes

Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California is investigating a suspected superbug outbreak associated with a duodenoscope that is linked to cases of deadly infections across the country, according to the  Los Angeles Time s

Critics complain proposed sepsis reporting rules could lead to overtreatment

Sepsis is one of the top drivers of costs, readmissions and mortality for hospitals, accounting for up to half of all hospital deaths, but until recently it has not received the same scrutiny as other top causes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But proposed CMS reporting requirements for doctors who treat the condition are drawing mixed reviews.

How healthcare merger-mania hurts competition, care access

The current wave of consolidation within the healthcare industry is bad for care access, competition and patient choice, argues an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.